FreshGrass Festival - Traditional and Cutting-Edge Grass Roots Music

North Adams, 2021 is here!

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North Adams, 2021

FreshGrass Awards Finalists Announced!

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Bentonville, 2021

Lineup Announced!

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Freshgrass Festival

A Wonderland of Traditional and Cutting-Edge Roots Music

FreshGrass festivals always feature a diverse lineup encompassing the best in acoustic music — from traditional masters and iconic trailblazers to musical discoveries.

Our festivals are rich with original compositions, spirited contests, and spontaneous collaborations. FreshGrass is a family-friendly experience that brings its venues to joyful life with music on indoor and outdoor stages, in museum galleries, and throughout its host cities.

Freshgrass Presents

FreshGrass produces live events year-round! Stay tuned for announcements.

Studio 9

Studio 9 is an intimate music venue and state of the art recording studio located in North Adams, MA. The unique building was designed and built from the ground up with music and sustainability in mind. It is 100% carbon neutral and is equipped with Meyer Sound’s state-of-the-art Constellation System. Studio 9 is situated on the Porches Inn campus and provides an unparalleled setting and vibe for live shows and professional recording. Opening 2021 – stay tuned.
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MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification.

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The Momentary

The Momentary, a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is a contemporary art space in downtown Bentonville for visual, performing, and culinary arts. Occupying a decommissioned 63,000-square-foot cheese factory, the Momentary serves as a gathering place to relax, work, eat and drink, and discover today’s art through programs, exhibitions, festivals, and more.

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Hancock Shaker Village – Climbing the Holy Hill

Climbing the Holy Hill: 9/23/21 @ 4pm

Opening September 23 at Hancock Shaker Village—a 750-acre living-history museum in Hancock, MA—Climbing the Holy Hill weaves together the work of Our Native Daughters, Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth, and Allison Smith into a radiant, immersive exhibition experienced while ascending Shaker Mountain. Melody, vocals, and visual elements inspired by the Shakers, the trail, and the past year of contemplation evoke the sect’s annual song-filled pilgrimages to the peak and transform a moderate Berkshire hike back into the sacred site it once was.

In a prelude to FreshGrass, join in a group hike to the summit marking the opening of the exhibition on September 23 at 4pm. The afternoon will include a brief performance on the summit, and singing by all. Depart from Hancock Shaker Village, allow 1 ½ hours.

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